The city of Chester (United Kingdom) was the overall winner of last year’s Access City Award. Second prize went to Rotterdam (Netherlands), while the third prize was awarded to Jūrmala in Latvia.
Special mentions were given to Lugo (Spain) as a “Smart City” and to Skellefteå (Sweden) for its commitment to improving the working environment.
Further special mentions were awarded to Alessandria (Italy) for its commitment to accessibility in challenging financial circumstances, and to Funchal (Portugal) for its commitment to accessibility in a difficult geographic context.
The previous edition of the Award, in 2016, was won by Milan (Italy) and Wiesbaden (Germany) received the second prize. Toulouse (France) won the third prize and also received the inaugural special mention for being a Smart City.
Vaasa (Finland) was awarded a special mention for its commitment to improving the working environment for older and disabled people and Kaposvár (Hungary) received a special mention for its commitment to improvement.
In 2015, the city of Borås (Sweden) was crowned as the winner of the fifth Access City Award. Helsinki (Finland) took the second prize and the third prize was awarded to Ljubljana (Slovenia).
Logroño (Spain) was awarded a special mention in the field of built environment and public spaces, while Budapest (Hungary) received a special mention for its work in the field of transportation.
Arona (Spain) and Luxembourg were also given special mentions for public facilities and services.
In the fourth edition of the Award in 2014, the winning city was Gothenburg (Sweden). Grenoble (France) took the second prize, Poznań (Poland) the third prize, and the special mentions went to Belfast (UK), Dresden (Germany), Burgos and Málaga (both Spain).
In 2013, in the Award’s third year, the first prize was given to the German capital of Berlin. Nantes (France) and Stockholm (Sweden) were the other two finalists, with special mentions going to Pamplona (Spain) for the built environment and public spaces, Gdynia (Poland) for transport and related infrastructures, Bilbao (Spain) for information and communication including new technologies, and Tallaght (Ireland) for public facilities and services.
The Austrian city of Salzburg was named as the overall winner of the second edition of the Award in 2012. The three finalist runners-up were Kraków (Poland), Marburg (Germany) and Santander (Spain). Special mentions went to Terrassa (Spain), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Olomouc (Czech Republic) and Grenoble (France).
In the inaugural edition of the Award in 2011, the winning city was Ávila, in Spain. The three other finalists were Barcelona (Spain), Cologne (Germany) and Turku (Finland).